There was a moment in his ride Sunday where Matt Ryan wondered
if he should pull back a bit and lessen the chance of getting a flat. He had no
idea where the rest of the field was, or how much of a lead he had going into
his third lap. He also didn’t know where his race partner Matt Green was, and
with both their times counting towards the Re/Max Corridor Cup Challenge title,
he decided to keep hammering.
“I was riding scared the whole time,” he said. “I saw a few
tubes on the course and wondered if Matt had flatted.
“I was sweating a little at the end when my partner wasn’t
coming in and all the other riders were rolling in. Luckily he had a good ride
— he chose a hardtail, a brand new bike he just built that morning, and
he didn’t know the trails at all. He definitely knows better now — he
said he has a sore back, but he had a good time.”
Many riders were surprised how challenging the route could be,
winding through Lost Lake Park on a mix of singletrack and doubletrack trails.
The recreational riders made one lap of the course, while Corridor Cup racers
made three laps.
Ryan was the fastest male overall, completing three laps of the
course in one hour, 40 minutes and 38 seconds. Kevin Calhoun was second in
1:45:50, and Greg Day third in 1:46:18.
Ryan’s partner, Green, was eighth in 1:53:01, which was good
enough for a combined time of 3:33:39 and first place in the Corridor Cup
In second place in 3:35:15 was the team of Greg Day and Dwayne
Kress, while Seth Wells and Carl Goldstraw were third in 3:43:30.
Ryan enjoyed the course a lot more than he expected.
“They put a good course together, it twists all over the
place,” he said. “You would never actually go out and ride that yourself and
put all those trails together, but it was great. I haven’t done a lap race
since probably the last Ken Quon, I usually don’t like going around in circles,
but the course was in good shape and you actually got to know the line more
every time you went through.”
On the women’s side, Joanna Harrington was the fastest woman
overall in 1:58:34, while her partner, Leslie Clements, was in at 2:12:03. No
other women entered the Corridor Cup Challenge this year.